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Rickenbacker, budget models?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by avast_bass, May 13, 2006.

  1. Hey,

    Just a quick question regarding Rickenbackers. I've been a Fender man my whole life and never knew much about Ric's but im looking into them now. Anyway, do, or did, they ever make budget models? I cant seem to track any down. If they didnt, that means that a local high school has a Ric that I may just want to check out... All I know is it 'looks' like a 4003. Could it be something else?
  2. TheBrad

    TheBrad Baby step bassist - 90% n00b

    Jan 16, 2006
    Mountain View,CA
    In the 80s there were a slew or Japanese ripoffs, those are about as budget as it gets with a Rickenbacker.
  3. so if its an actual rickenbacker, its a high chance of being a reasonable model?

    I might see if I can pick it up for 50 quid.
  4. Aj*


    Jun 14, 2005
    West Yorkshire, UK
    If the school has one and it's genuine if they have any idea what they've got there's not a chance you're gonna pick it up anything like that cheap :p, sorry to burst your bubble. Have to admit I've fairly fond of Rics having played the odd one, they're unique and so I guess if you find the Ric tone is what you seek you have to accept the Ric price too :(.
  5. the sad thing is, this is the school i attended about 4 years ago. The same people are in charge of the department as when I was there... and this is the department where the HEAD of music asked me 'which of these is a mic stand?'. They don't really keep track of what they have and all their instruments are stuck in a cupboard and fished out a couple of times a year.

    They don't really have a clue what's what, which is why im hanging on to hope!
  6. buy it, even if its a copy £50 is still not bad, no harm in trying
  7. i dont know if i'll actually do it at 50 quid but any low amount of money is good for me! I don't really want to be stuck with a cheap copy though.

    Luckily I have a younger sibling who is still studying there, so I've sent some photographs to check for authenticity ;)
  8. Hemitom


    Oct 12, 2005
    I had a 1981 White Rickenbacker 4003 which I sold because my Bartolini equipped Univox 4001 Stereo bass copy whipped its a** in sound,playability and construction!
    Judge it for what it is ..not what it says on the headstock.

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